University YMCA
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Employment and Volunteering

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When you volunteer at the University YMCA, you provide leadership and talent vital to empowering people and communities to learn, grow and lead.

Volunteers of the University Y:

  • Lead our committees and shape organizational policy
  • Document and archive the University Y's history through multi-media
  • Coordinate Dump & Run, the Y's annual community recycling event
  • Extend a hand to the immigrant community through the La Linea helpline
  • Help the Y's events run smoothly
  • Learn and serve alongside communities all over the United States
  • Tutor and mentor youth in Champaign-Urbana schools

Volunteer Opportunities

Video/Film Volunteer:
Video/Film volunteers will mainly work with current or recent film, taking video of events, interviewing our past alumni for the "Telling Stories," the Y's oral history project and uploading edited work YouTube. Some interviews of current staff and students may be included, as well as archival footage if any can be converted. Please email for more information.

Sound Media Archival Volunteer
Sound Media Archival volunteers will convert past lectures into digital formats. We have several boxes of cassette tapes recorded from our lecture series that need to be converted to digital files, cataloged, and possibly work in conjunction with other local media sources to incorporate these files into a larger, publicly accessible database. Transcriptions may be taken of any famous figures who have spoken here.

Advertising Volunteer:
We are looking volunteers interested in advertising for upcoming Y events on campus. We'd love to have your help with advertising all semester long! This would include postering, flyering, and chalking all over campus. We'll supply what you need. Please email for more information.

Food Runner Volunteer:
Food Runner volunteers take orders to the Thai Eatery located in the Y and then serve the food to the customer during the University Y's Friday Forum lecture. The volunteer receives a free lunch from the Thai Eatery! It would require volunteering every Friday from 11:30am to approximately 12:30 pm. You are more than welcome to stay for the lecture to enjoy your free meal. Please email for more information.

Event Photography Volunteer:
Like taking pictures? The University Y always needs photography volunteers to help document all of the exciting happenings in and around the Y.
Need to borrow a camera? No worries, we have a camera you can check out. Please email for more information.

Clerical Volunteer:
Looking to boost your office skills? The University Y is always looking for volunteers to help out regularly with mailing as well as basic office work. Please email for more information.

On Call Office Volunteering

Want to be contacted for clerical volunteering opportunities when they arise? This includes preparing mailings or completing basic office work. Send an email to

Student Group Volunteer Opportunities

VIS-A-VIS Tutors Needed
Y Student Group, VIS-A-VIS, offers volunteers two different environments in which they can tutor. Your role as a volunteer in the school is to provide a vital instructional service as a one-on-one tutor or classroom aide in the Champaign-Urbana schools. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, visit their Volunteer page.

Alternative Spring Break: Applications for Trips Being Accepted
Applications available on ASB's website
Alternative Spring Break (commonly ASB) is a student-run, non-profit volunteer organization of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University YMCA. ASB sends U of I students on nationwide service trips four times throughout the year. During their fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks, ASB participants travel throughout the country to learn about and actively combat social justice and environmental issues.